Integrated care psychological service (ICPS)
What we do
Community based psychological interventions: As well as working with patients, Dr Sheridan also works with staff. He provides clinical supervision to 3 other mental health and clinical health professionals including a trainee clinical psychologist from University College London, a clinical psychologist from the eating disorders department and a CBT therapist from a diabetes service. He also offers two monthly Level 2 supervision groups for 8 integrated care staff who work with cancer patients. Lastly, he offers occasional training courses to help staff understand and work with the emotional needs of the client group (most recently, he ran training for his colleagues on “psychological approaches to bereavement”).
ICPS offer up to 12 sessions of CBT, ACT, Mindfulness, or Compassion Focused Therapy : The ICPS, led by Dr Joel Sheridan, works alongside community matrons, district nurses, and other community physical health staff to provide psychological support for patients in the community. Specifically, it focuses on caring for people with multiple long term health conditions in their own homes. This is a new area for clinical health psychology, and Joel has initiated several areas of service development including running regular reflective practice groups for small groups of staff, as well as running mindfulness groups for patients with pain and physical health problems. Living with a LTC increases the likelihood of experiencing anxiety and depression. Patients who have 3 or more LTCs are over 7 times more likely to experience anxiety or depression. The ICPS offers: Assessments, Booklets for coping with anxiety and depression alongside physical illness, Individual 1-2-1 work, CBT For anxiety and depressive disorders, Mindfulness groups for chronic pain presentations, Acceptance and commitment therapy where there are adjustment difficulties.
Meet the team:
Dr Joel Sheridan, Integrated care psychology lead (full time, permanent)
Joel Sheridan is a Highly Specialist Clinical Psychologist, who graduated from the University College London in 2008. Joel has extensive experience in the following areas: primary care psychology, adult mental health and the impact of chronic illnesses on emotional wellbeing. As well as providing behavioural and cognitive interventions from a traditional CBT perspective, he also draws on “third-wave” approaches such as compassion-focused therapy, acceptance and commitment therapy and mindfulness for health. His research interests include intellectual disabilities, stigma and cross-cultural psychology. He works predominantly with patients who are housebound/bedbound and who are experiencing anxiety, depression and/or adjustment difficulties in the face of long term physical health conditions.
Miss Njinga Kankinza, Trainee clinical psychologist, UCL (2.5 days per week – until April 2018)
Where our service is based
The ICPS covers all of Waltham Forest and is based in Walthamstow.
Integrated Care Services
Jane Atkinson Health and Wellbeing Centre (Thorpe Coombe Hospital site)
714 Forest Road
Opening times: Monday to Friday 9:00am -5:00pm
How to contact us
Patients should be assessed and taken on by the Waltham Forest integrated care service before a referral to ICPS is made. If referred patients have needs that fall outside of Psychology’s treatment capabilities then we will make recommendations of referral to the appropriate service.